In the Window: Vespa SS90

We just picked up a new scooter for our favorite seated mannequin. The lucky plaster man now sits atop an incredibly rare 1965 Vespa SS90. The idea behind this bike was to create a slimmer profile, with more power. The lean, fast concept didn’t catch on at the time, and only 5309 units were produced.

The scooter arrived courtesy of San Francisco restorationists Bello Moto. Unfortunately, it’s not for sale. (Although Bello Moto does have an enviable range of scooters that are for sale.)

Length: 1650mm
Weight: 81.7kg
Engine: V9SS, single cylinder; maximum power, 5.87 HP at 6000rpm; forced air cooling
Tires: 3×10″
Gas Tank: 5.6 liters
Gearbox: 4 speeds, selector on left handlebar
Top Speed: 95.2 km/h

Below is a vintage ad for the SS90, in which a guy demonstrates exactly why this is such a cool motor vehicle.

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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